(Updated February 1, 2021) We seek a postdoc to join the research group! Two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position, human dimensions of weed management in wheat systems University of Idaho
Overview: We seek a postdoctoral research associate to join a collaborative, interdisciplinary team conducting research on the human dimensions of weed management and herbicide resistance in United States agriculture, with a focus on dryland wheat systems in the inland Pacific Northwest. The postdoc will be located in the Wardropper Lab for Natural Resources Social Science at the University of Idaho (UI). They will work collaboratively with Dr. Ian Burke and the Herbicide Resistance group at Washington State University, and Joan Campbell and Doug Finkelnburg of UI Extension. Funding for this position is from USDA-APHIS, Washington Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, the R. J. Cook Endowment for Wheat Research, and the Washington Grain Commission.
Project descriptions: The postdoc will lead the social science research components of two interrelated projects. Project 1: Community-based management of herbicide resistance. Herbicide resistant weeds are a key threat to crop production, food security, and soil conservation gains. Research suggests that community-based management will be key to managing this risk. The aim of this project is to test and refine a toolkit that guides groups of agricultural producers and other stakeholders through the development of a management plan tailored to their community. Toolkit development - and accompanying research on opportunities and barriers to collective action - uses a participatory, qualitative approach through interviews and frequent group meetings.
Project 2: Management of Canada thistle weed seed in wheat exports. The Pacific Northwest grain producing areas account for more than 50% of the total US wheat exports. Yet export partners are increasingly concerned about weed seed contamination in wheat exports. The overarching goal of this project is to identify drivers and practices contributing to grain contamination and create a contamination assurance program. The social science research approach for this project will be mixed methods, including interviews and a survey of key members of the wheat supply chain, to understand opportunities to implement best management practices and design collaborative governance to address this problem.
Specific responsibilities: (1) Managing day-to-day communication and relationships between research team members, agricultural producers and other partners; (2) Organizing and coordinating qualitative and quantitative social science data collection in the field, including community meetings, interviews, and a survey; (3) Analyzing qualitative and quantitative social science data; (4) Co-developing manuscripts and other research and engagement products; (5) Participating in other research activities.
Position details: Start Date: This position can start as soon as the right candidate is available, ideally Spring 2021. We are open to start dates through June, 2021. Appointment: 100% for 2 years, with possible extension based on performance and funding availability. Salary: $54,000 (benefits eligible) Location: University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. We are open to a remote start to ensure COVID-19 precautions, but the candidate must be able to relocate to the Moscow area by Fall 2021.
Required qualifications: (1) Ph.D. degree in a social science field, such as sociology, geography, or an interdisciplinary field, completed by the start date; (2) Experience with qualitative social science research methods (e.g., interviews, focus groups); (3) Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills; (4) U.S. driver’s license.
Preferred qualifications: (1) Experience with survey design and analysis; (2) Familiarity and/or experience with research on agricultural decision-making and natural resources governance.
To apply: Please submit the following via email in a single PDF to Dr. Chloe Wardropper (firstname.lastname@example.org): (1) Cover letter describing your relevant experience, scholarly work, and interest in this postdoctoral position; (2) CV; (3) Contact information for three references. In addition, please include a link or PDF for one relevant publication or other writing sample. We will review applications on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of February 22, 2021. Direct any questions to Dr. Wardropper.
_________________________________ General information for prospective graduate student advisees: I accept applications for MS and PhD students on an ongoing basis.
I advise graduate students across several MS and PhD programs at the U of I: Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or Water Resources. Teaching assistantships are available in the PhD in the Department of Natural Resources and Society or the Environmental Science Program. Research Assistantships are sometimes available, pending funding.